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Monday, November 01, 2004

November Previews Highlights: Kerry's Picks

Last month I picked a lot of Dark Horse books, this month Image has the most interesting titles and that is definitely reflected in all my picks. I found a lot this month actually and I’ll have to weed some out before I preorder.

Pick of the Month: Four-Letter Worlds
Image – page 139; $12.95; 144 pgs.

I’ve echoed Erin’s pick of the month, because it’s just so flipping sweet. Erin is also right when she says that it doesn’t matter what the book is about because there are so many talented people involved. I perked up right away when I saw Jim Mahfood, Steve Rolston and Andi Watson’s names. Those three would be enough for me to buy it, but when you throw in Robert Kirman, Scott Morse, and the rest you can’t go wrong.

The Amazing Joy Buzzards #2

Image – page 129; $2.85; 32 pgs.

This book revolves around fictional rock band the Amazing Joy Buzzards and their Scooby Doo meets X-Files adventures. I didn’t notice the preview for the first issue last month, but issue two looks like an adventure.

Beyond Avalon #1
Image – page 131; $2.95; 32 pgs.

When superheroes die, they are whisked off to the Island of Avalon, a utopian society. Only one person has ever been born on the island, Megan the daughter of King Arthur. Problem is Megan wants off the island and is ready to explore the dimensions and worlds that aren’t as perfect as her home. This is all ages title will be released quarterly.

Lions, Tigers, & Bears #1
Image – page 142; $2.95; 32 pgs.

It was the cover art that drew me into this title. It is just so dang cute. Then I read what it was about and it got even cuter. The book stars Joey and his stuffed animals. It turns out that just like Toy Story, stuffed animals do come alive while we sleep. Joey’s group The Night Pride protects him from the evil Beasties.

Pigtale #1
Image – page 146; $2.95; 32 pgs.

Wannabe PI Boston Booth is down on his luck until he meets Clyde, a talking pig. The unlikely partnership leads to many adventures in this book based in Portland, Oregon.

Shaolin Cowboy #2
Burlyman Entertainment - page 246; $3.50; 32 pgs.

The text called this book an “all-you-can-eat fisticuffs buffet” That’s some great imagery and I’m looking forward to this series with excitement. Also, there’s a baddie named King Crab, whose claws appear on the cover. There will be a variant cover released for this book, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

Breach #1
DC - page 74; $2.95; 40 pgs.

They’re dubbing Breach “The next great hero of the DCU . . . or perhaps its greatest threat.” I like a story that can go either way. Ambiguity is my kind of plot device. There is a three page preview that was definitely ambiguous and visually stunning.

Apocalypse Nerd #1
Dark Horse – page 20; $2.99; 32 pgs.

Ever wonder what would happen if a middle manager of a software company was stuck in a post-apocalyptic world? Me neither, but this new six-part series will be sure to tell us. It looks to be a hilarious ride.

Jenny Finn #1 & #2
Atomeka – page 234; $6.99 each; 56 pgs.

Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey offer up their Jenny Finn mini-graphic novels. It was originally made for Oni, but will be published here with additional material. I’m on the Mignola bandwagon now, so I’ll be picking these up.


  • At 10:46 PM, November 01, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This comment could go to either of you Queens. This month, I'm really looking forward to the Hero Squared from Atomeka and the Giffen/DeMatteis team. I loved their Justice League run.



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